NHL Picks: Senators vs. Canadiens Game 2

David Schwab

Friday, May 3, 2013 4:22 PM GMT

The Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens will clash for the second-straight night at the Bell Centre in Game 2 of this best-of-seven opening round playoff series. The puck is set to drop at 4 p.m. (PT) and the game will broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Senators Betting Overview

Ottawa drew first blood in this ‘North of the Border’ battle with a stunning 4-2 victory on Thursday night as a 128 road underdog. The total went OVER the 5-goal line and this was the second game in a row that they tallied four goals after beating Boston 4-2 to close-out the regular season. Prior to that, the Senators only managed a grand total of 18 goals in their previous 10 outings, which all stayed UNDER the total.

This sudden outburst of offense is in sharp contrast to a 2.3 goals-per-game average that was ranked 27th in the NHL this season. Kyle Turris led the team in scoring during the year with 12 goals and 17 assists, but it was a goal and an assist by both Marc Methot and Erik Karlsson that paced the win in Game 1 of this series. It also helped that Craig Anderson turned in an incredible performance in goal with 48 saves on 50 shots. This is not a total surprise after he posted a .941 save percentage in 24 regular season games. 

Canadiens Betting Overview

The Canadiens return to the postseason did not go as planned after a complete collapse in the third period of Game 1. They took a 2-1 lead into the final period after outshooting the Senators 41-19, but had no answer how to stop them from scoring three unanswered goals that put the home team in an early 0-1 hole. Carey Price got the start in goal and ended the night giving-up four goals on just 31 shots. In 39 regular season games he has a goals-against-average of 2.59 and a .921 save percentage.

Making matters worse heading into Friday night’s clash is the loss of Lars Eller, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher after sustaining a brutal hit from Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba. He is still listed as questionable on the latest injury report, but it would be amazing if he is cleared to play. If the Canadiens are going to bounce back with a win, it will most likely be behind an offensive attack that averaged 3.0 goals a game this year, which was the fourth-highest total in the league. Max Pacioretty led the way with 15 goals and 24 assists, but he was held scoreless in Game 1.

Senators vs. Canadiens- NHL Betting Odds and Trends

NHL odds makers opened Ottawa as a 124 road underdog with the Canadiens listed as 137 favorites at home. The total for this game has been set at 5.

The Senators are now 5-0 in their last five road games and 5-2 in their last seven games after allowing two or less goals in their previous outing. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last 10 games against a team with a winning record.

The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last seven games against a team with a winning record but a perfect 6-0 in their last six games on no day’s rest. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 11 home games.

Head-to-head in this Northeast Division rivalry, the home team is 7-1 in the last eight meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of the last six games. Thursday night’s win was Ottawa’s first in its last five trips to the Bell Centre.

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Senators vs. Canadiens- Free NHL Pick

This matchup has been a back and forth affair over the past three seasons with neither team winning two-straight games in the past 10 meetings. Look for this trend to hold true for at least one more game, and for that reason we are placing our NHL picks on the Canadiens, as Montreal will evens things up with the win in Game 2.

Montreal 3        Ottawa 2 (lines provided by BetOnline)

YTD Free NHL Picks Record: 32-19-2